Kinzley is king at Dacotah Speedway

Defending track champion Quentin Kinzley was the Friday night Friesen Performance IMCA Modified winner at Dacotah Speedway. The Mandan checkers were his first since 2020. (Photo by Layn Mudder)

By Becca Pelkey

MANDAN, N.D. (July 22, 2022) – After everything fell into place, Quentin Kinzley parked his Friesen Performance IMCA Modified in Dacotah Speedway’s victory lane.

The Friday night feature win was his first at Mandan since June of 2020.

“2021 was a good year but it seemed like we were always the bridesmaid. We were close so many times,” said the uber consistent Kinzley, who counted four runner-up finishes among 10 top five outings at Dacotah Speedway last season. “It felt good to win. Everything fell into place.”

Pole sitter Chris Barros set the pace in the feature but it was rookie Logan Schmitz who led from the green flag. Schmitz pulled away quickly as Barros tried to stay with him. Barros slowly started to fade through the field, losing positions to Spencer Wilson, Kinzley and Marlyn Seidler.

It looked like Schmitz was on his way to his first career win in the division when a mid-race caution regrouped the field.

On the restart, Schmitz and Kinzley, wheeling a Lethal Chassis this season, battled for the lead, throwing slide jobs for the top position. 

Kinzley grabbed the lead with 10 laps to go but soon had his hands full with Jeremy Keller.

However, Keller struggled to find a way around Kinzley, who held on to win. Keller had to settle for second ahead of Seidler, Shawn Strand and Spencer Wilson. 

Alex Thompson topped the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact feature.